Gillet 1947 150 cc 1 cyl ts



Gillet    1947   “150”    150 cc two stroke    frame# 256264  engine # 194705

The first Gillets -built in  Herstal near Liege, Belgium- were brought out in 1920 and were  unit-design300cc two-strokes with belt drive. 
The design was simple, rugged and reliable and soon the company was an established and successful motorcycle manufacturer. 
Many long-distance runs were made and the two-strokes were very prominent in races. 
From June to December 1926 two Frenchmen rode their Gillets for a distance of 25,000 kilometres and covered almost all continents of the world.  
No real problems occurred with the machines and from December 1926 the venerable  two-stroke was named the “Tour du Monde”.  
Sporting four-strokes were brought out also at the end of 1926 and in 1928 the 500cc OHV “supersport” model  broke many world records at the Monthlery track in France. 
At the end of 1930 the first side valves were introduced and for the 1932 season the fist small capacity two stroke was introduced. 
This as a result of the economic depression. Throughout the thirties  these  two stroke machines were successfully marketed in 100, 125 and 175 cc capacities. 
After the war a new 150 cc machine was developed with bore x stroke of 55×60 mm, 3 speed gearbox and flywheel- magneto ignition and lighting system.  
This  post-war machine with  charming pre-war technology  is a well-fettled older restoration.